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 Posted: Thu Apr 17th, 2008 09:44 pm
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aphill
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The lead essay in Smoothbore Volley that Doomed the Confederacy is probably the best treatment of Jackson's fatal wounding.  It is written by Robert K. Krick, an authority on the Army of Northern Virginia and Jackson in particular, and he pretty exhaustively discusses what occurred, including the various theories around who the shooter was.  (He completely dismisses the fragged theory as ridiculous.)

Krick concludes as most authors do that Lane's brigade of A.P. Hill's division fired nearly all the shots at the parties, and the regiment most involved was probably the 18th North Carolina.  Beyond that, I don't think anyone knows for sure.  It would be difficult for anyone to claim responsibility as it was dark and multiple individuals were hit.

A.P. Hill was riding along with Jackson -- they were in two parties seperated by a short distance -- and Hill's party was actually closest to the firing.  Hill saved himself by immediately jumping off his horse and lying face down in the road, but many of his staff were wounded or killed.  In fact, only two of Hill's staff survived the fire unhurt and those two members had their horses killed from underneath them.

(When Hill yelled at the men to stop firing, someone is said to have yelled back, "The whole damn Yankee army can't run the Light Division and one little general needn't try it either!")

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